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The municipality has been using a river basin, named Organic Agriculture Basin, as a waste dump in Hemşin Valley in the Black Sea region, daily Milliyet reported.

Locals near the waste dump site have complained of the “filth” and smell collecting near their homes.
Animals graze in fields near the dump site, causing concern about the risk of severe health problems in the future.

Pazar Mayor Ahmet Basa, a member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), told members of the press that "everyone else is doing the same [thing]."

"We used to transfer the waste to a waste storage in Trabzon," Basa said. "There has been some porblems so we have to dump it in the valley now. Everybody in the region does the same."
Hemşin Valley is one of the 200 ecological valleys under protection priotity by the global World Wildlife Foundation.


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mara mcglothin

5/31/2012 6:33:45 PM

Thank you MIchele! The hotel I was mentioning earlier is in Kemer, but I can't remember its name. Code enforcement is lacking in all sectors of business in Turkey. JIM REBEL I was also told by a professor from Texas A&M who was studying a bronze age shipwreck in Marmaris of this fact. I don't dive so I haven't seen with my own eyes.

michele suzanne

5/31/2012 3:26:58 AM

@Jim Rebel - Kusadasi! All the hotels along the sea front and especially "Ladies Beach"

Chris Green

5/14/2012 3:17:29 PM

We can clean this up at a rate of 2000 tonnes per day and create energy from it. I have an article in the Cyprus Star newspaper which was published in Turkish Cyprus last Friday and which directly deals with this subject. Happy to provide a copy!

dogan kemal ileri

5/4/2012 10:52:49 PM

Sewage is dumped into the sea all over the world but is regulated and Turkiye is no exception miz mcglotlin and judging by the phenomenal levels of investment into the tourism industry and the very high number of blue flag beaches sewage nowhere near


5/4/2012 7:39:25 PM

mara mcglothin@ "sewer lines coming from hotels directly into the water near their swimming beaches all over Turkey" , Can you name me those Towns and names of the Hotels please?

mara mcglothin

5/4/2012 3:24:18 PM

This isn't new. Turkey does not protect its natural resources. There are open sewer lines coming from hotels directly into the water near their swimming beaches all over Turkey. Same old same old.

Faruk Beisser

5/4/2012 3:03:27 PM

Yes, yes, AKP again shows the true way of doing things, to h... with nature! Of course, disposing properly the waste would take money out of AKP coffers, and now that can't be!

V Tiger

5/4/2012 1:54:03 PM

What a shame!
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